There is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program. This is called your “maximum eligibility period”. You can usually find the published length of any program of study in your school’s catalog. Click HERE for more information.
FAFSA/GSFAPPS Retraction: FAFSA NOT Required for State Financial Aid Programs
(Including HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships)
As a result of newly passed legislation (House Bill 324) during the 2013 Legislative Session, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will NOT be required for those students planning to attend a college in Georgia who are seeking state financial aid. If a student and their family do not wish to complete a FAFSA, the GSFAPPS application can continue to be used to apply for financial aid programs administered by the State of Georgia.*
Earlier this year, it was announced that a FAFSA would be required for students seeking state financial assistance to attend a college in Georgia. In addition, the GSFAPPS process would no longer be available as a means to apply for state financial aid programs. These changes to the method by which students could apply for state aid were being implemented to comply with the requirements for verification of lawful presence in Georgia.
Legislators cited the potential for hardship and inconvenience for many families that would accompany the FAFSA requirement and the elimination of the GSFAPPS option as the reason for the passing of HB 324.
The FAFSA continues to be an essential part of applying for financial aid. Unlike GSFAPPS, the FAFSA considers federal and state financial aid opportunities for students whether they plan to attend an in-state or out-of-state school. We strongly encourage students and their families to complete a FAFSA to ensure they are receiving all financial aid available to them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.505.GSFC (4732).
Georgia Student Finance Commission
*Georgia Financial Aid Programs
ACCEL • Georgia Military College State Service Scholarship Loan Program HERO Scholarship • HOPE GED Grant • HOPE Grant • HOPE Scholarship
• North Georgia College & State University Military Scholarship Loan • North Georgia College & State University ROTC Grant and ROTC Grant for Future Officers
• Public Safety Memorial Grant • Scholarship for Engineering Education Program • Student Access Loan (SAL) Program • Tuition Equalization Grant
• Zell Miller Scholarship.
Unusual Enrollment History (UEH)
Effective with the 2013-2014 school year, the U.S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. What this means for you:
- If you received the Federal Pell Grant at multiple institutions in recent academic years (2010-2011, 2011-2012, & 2012-2013), your 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be flagged (see next bullet for flag indicators) for unusual enrollment history (UEH).
- The flags “2” and “3” will be indicated on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and our Financial Aid Department will be required to review your enrollment history to determine whether or not you are enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of Federal student aid.
- If you received the Federal Pell Grant and credit hours (passing grades: A-D) were not earned at each institution attended during these award years, you may be determined ineligible for Federal financial aid.
- The Financial Aid Department will determine if you had a legitimate (valid) reason for having unusual enrollment at multiple institutions.
- You may be asked to provide valid documentation explaining the reason behind your unusual enrollment history.
- If documentation is needed, the Financial Aid Department will contact you by email or letter detailing the appropriate documentation needed.
- NOTE: Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) must be resolved before you will receive Federal financial aid.